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Hearing scheduled on tax exemption

He pointed out that property values also affect the amount paid in school taxes, and if the district followed the town's lead on phasing in assessment increases, it could be a significant incentive for homeowners to make improvements.

"What we really need is for the school district to follow up," Redlich said.

He said if the town saved a homeowner $1,000 over eight years, the school district can save him $10,000.

If the measure passes, it will be up to the town's property assessor, John Macejka, to determine the value added to the property from the improvements. He said the two primary factors in determining home improvement value are the market the house is in and the cost of construction.

He said many exemptions have merit, while some do not, but his place is in assessing the value of the improvements, and not passing judgment.

"I don't have an opinion one way or the other. They're exemptions and they're there," he said. ""

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